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Lesson 127 Cars (3) 第一百二十七课 车(3)

Cam: We are learning all about driving this week on Chinese Studio. Welcome to the show everyone, wo shi Cam.
Yajie: Wo shi Yajie.  Do you know how to fix your car, Cam?
Cam: Well… no…. so I need to ask someone else to do it for me.
Yajie: And do you know how to ask that in Chinese?
Cam: No…
Yajie: ok, let’s get started.

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Key Words of the Day 
Can you fix my transmission? 请修一下变速箱。(qing3 xiu1 yi2xia4 bian4su4 xiang1.) I need an oil change. 我想换机油。(wo3 xiang3 huan4 ji1 you2.) Is there enough air in my tires? 车胎的气够吗?(che1tai1 de qi4 gou4 ma?) Where is a reliable garage? 哪儿有好的修理厂?(Nar3 you3 hao3 de xiu1 li3 chang3?) All in today’s Chinese Studio.
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Cam: There is some problem with my transmission, and I need to have it fixed. How can I say that in Chinese? 
Yajie: Well you can say: 请修一下变速箱。(qing3 xiu1 yi2xia4 bian4su4 xiang1.)
Cam: 请修一下变速箱。(qing3 xiu1 yi2xia4 bian4su4 xiang1.)
Yajie: 请 (qing3), please. 
Cam: 请 (qing3
Yajie: 修 (xiu1), to fix. 
Cam: 修 (xiu1)
Yajie: 一下(yi2xia4), is used after a verb.
Cam: 一下(yi2xia4)
Yajie: 变速箱(bian4su4 xiang1), transmission
Cam: 变速箱(bian4su4 xiang1)
Yajie: 请修一下变速箱。(qing3 xiu1 yi2xia4 bian4su4 xiang1.) 
Cam: 请修一下变速箱。(qing3 xiu1 yi2xia4 bian4su4 xiang1.) Can you fix my transmission?

Conversation 1:

Yajie: I need an oil change. 我想换机油。(wo3 xiang3 huan4 you2.)
Cam: 我想换机油。(wo3 xiang3 huan4 you2.)
Yajie: 我想(wo3 xiang3), I want to. 
Cam: 我想(wo3 xiang3)
Yajie: 换(huan4), to change.  
Cam: 换(huan4)
Yajie: 机油(you2), oil. 
Cam: 机油(you2) 
Yajie: 我想换机油。(wo3 xiang3 huan4 you2.) I need an oil change.
Cam: 我想换机油。(wo3 xiang3 huan4 you2.)

Conversation 2:

Cam: Is there enough air in my tires? How would you say that in Chinese? 
Yajie: You can say: 车胎的气够吗?(che1tai1 de qi4 gou4 ma?)
Cam: 车胎的气够吗?(che1tai1 de qi4 gou4 ma?)
Yajie: 车胎(che1tai1), tire.
Cam: 车胎(che1tai1)
Yajie: 气 (qi4), air. 
Cam: 气(qi4)
Yajie: 够 (gou4), enough. 
Cam: 够(gou4)
Yajie: 车胎的气够吗?(che1tai1 de qi4 gou4 ma?) Is there enough air in my tires?
Cam: 车胎的气够吗?(che1tai1 de qi4 gou4 ma?)

Conversation 3:

Cam: Yajie, I wish I had a brand new car, but I don’t.  And sometimes it breaks down on me.  So where can I take it to get it fixed?
Yajie: You need a reliable garage.  You can say:  Where is a reliable garage? 哪儿有好的修理厂?(Nar3 you3 hao3 de xiu1 li3 chang3?)
Cam: 哪儿有好的修理厂?(Nar3 you3 hao3 de xiu1 li3 chang3?)
Yajie: 哪儿 (nar3), where. 
Cam: 哪儿 (nar3)
Yajie: 有 (you3), to have. 
Cam: 有 (you3)
Yajie: 好的(hao de), good.
Cam:  好的(hao de.) 
Yajie: garage, here it means 修理厂
Cam: 修理厂( xiu1 li3 chang3)
Yajie: 哪儿有好的修理厂?(Nar3 you3 hao3 de xiu1 li2 chang3?)
Cam: 哪儿有好的修理厂?(nar3 you3 hao3 che1 ku4.) Where is a reliable garage?

Conversation 4:

Cam: Now I can safely ask a Chinese person to fix my car.  I’ve learned a lot this week.
Yajie: It has. That brings us to the question of the day.  How do you say “I need an oil change” in Chinese?
Cam: See ya tomorrow! 
Yajie: Ming tian jian.

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